The cafe, which has been on Arthur Avenue for several years, aims to open on East 161st Street and Walton Avenue by next Easter, according to building property manager Paul Mingrino. He said the cafe would be a great fit for the community.
“It’s in a good spot. The area needs it,” he said. “You’ve got the courthouse right across the street, and with the neighborhood coming up, I think it’s going in the right direction."
Burger King will leave the building at 103-107 E. 161st St. on Dec. 31, and Palombo signed a 25-year lease on the property, according to Barry Nissen, the real estate broker who put together the deal.
He said he was looking forward to having the cafe, which has several other locations in the borough, in the neighborhood.
"A lot of people in Manhattan and Brooklyn are opening up [other] bakery shops brand new. They have no history," he said. "This company has history."
The cafe's menu will include cannolis, cakes, pies, pastries and Italian cookies, Mingrino said.
Nissen was very complimentary of the high quality of food at Palombo, which has six locations in The Bronx. The company's first shop opened in 1897 in Esperia, a small town about 50 miles south of Rome, and its original location in The Bronx opened on 789 Allerton Ave. in the early 1940s.
"It'll knock your socks off," he said.
Burger King and Palombo did not immediately reply to requests for comment.